Book 3: A Miscellany for Word Lovers
On with the info.
Paperback, pages 214. It was published by How To Books in 2014. Original cost £7.99, and currently available at £5.61. This was a present to me.
The book consists mainly of short quizzes where words are defined in a type of list and below this is given a short clue to each and the reader is expected to supply the word(s) defined. (Answers are given on the following page).
Here’s a brief sample taken from a page headed ‘The Law of the Land’ with a list of 10 words. I’ve given only the first 3 here:
A Public defamation in writing or in some other permanent form that unjustifiably injures somebody’s reputation.
B Public defamation in speech or some other non-permanent form that unjustifiably injures somebody’s reputation.
C A court order that prohibits somebody from taking a specified action.
And the clues for these:
A 5 letter: l….
B 7 letters: s……
C 10 letters: inj…….
I’ll let you work out the answers.
Interspersed with the quizzes are short articles on words. Many of these give the background to one of the words in a list. Others deal with various facts relating to words, such as: The Secret Language of Savile Row, The Menacing World of Orwell’s Newspeak, Signs of the Times; The Sixties (1960-69) etc.
This is a book for dipping into, a frivolous chance to learn odd facts about words. Just good clean fun for those who love words, hence the title. Enjoy!